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A Glossop packaging manufacturer has been fined 50,000 after a worker was killed when a machine he was working on was activated while he was still inside.

Maintenance worker Clive Hall, 50, suffered fatal head injuries at Glossop Carton and Print Ltds factory on Platt Street in Padfield on 8 September 2006. The company was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an investigation into his death.

Recruitment International understands that Mr Hall was a temporary worker, however, the recruitment company involved was in no way to blame for the accident. The business was not named during proceedings to protect it from any damage by association.

Birmingham Crown Court heard the father of three was carrying out maintenance work to the inside of a cut and crease machine, used to manufacture packaging, when it was switched on by the operator.

Mr Hall, from Denton in Tameside, was struck on the head by bars that transfer cardboard through the machine and was killed instantly. He had been working at the company for less than two months.

At an earlier hearing at Chesterfield Magistrates Court on 21 May 2010, Glossop Carton and Print Ltd pleaded guilty to breaching Sections 2(1) and 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by putting workers at risk. The firm was fined 50,000 with 76,150 costs.

Mr Halls ex-wife, Pam, who is the mother of two of his children, said:

His children have been totally devastated by Clives death and continue to miss him terribly.

The hardest thing was telling them their dad had been killed. I remember it vividly and they still find it difficult to accept hes gone. He was a good dad and loved them very much.

The last few years have just been horrendous. His children now have to live without a father for the rest of their lives because of the companys negligence.

After sentencing, Eddy Tarn, the investigating HSE inspector, said:

Mr Hall tragically died because simple measures were not taken by Glossop Carton and Print to prevent the machine being switched on while he was inside.


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